Animals

Dog doesn't recognize stranger at the airport until he smells a familiar scent on him

February 23rd, 2019

Perfect loyalty is hard to find in this world. The love and devotion of a pet is a perfect example of such loyalty. Even when separated for a long length of time, a loyal pet will often welcome back their owner upon seeing them. Anthony, a soldier returning from duty as a member of the U.S. military found out firsthand just how loyal his beloved dog was.

Arriving at the Airport

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A video posted by ABC15 in Arizona to its Facebook page has gone viral. The video shows the sweet reunion between the two and exemplifies the love of a pet for its owner. It further goes to show that no matter how long you are a way; your pet will always remember you.

The soldier, returning from duty, had just arrived at an airport in Oregon. Since he had left, the soldier had grown a beard, and looked quite different that what he did when he left. Maybe this was why the dog at first didn’t seem to recognize his owner.

A Stranger Calls the Dog Over

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At first, the dog was confused as a strange man called out his name. He hesitated looking in the stranger’s direction a few times before slowly going over to see who it was. You can imagine the questions going through the dog’s brain. Who was this strange, bearded man and what did he want?

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The stranger slowly reached out, offering his hand. Tentatively, the dog sniffed at the strange man’s hand, not sure whether he could trust him or not. In his mind, he was there to greet his owner, not some stranger. Imagine his surprise when the realization dawned upon him.

Upon Smelling Him, the Dog Recognizes His Owner

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One sniff was all he needed. You see, dogs tell more by scent than they can by vision. And while it is true that a dog can see and recognize a familiar face, their sense of smell is much greater. As a matter of fact, most dogs are able to recognize scents and remember them more vividly.

This doggie trait is what led to the moment of instant recognition when who the stranger was clicked in the dog’s mind. Almost immediately, the dog goes from caution to excitement as he recognizes his old owner. With joy he jumps up on the returning soldier, licking his face.

The Love and Affection of a Dog for his Owner

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For its part, the crowd joined in on the sweet moment, as can be seen by the many happy smiles on the faces of onlookers. The crowd even gives a collective laugh as the dog continued to pepper his master’s face with doggie kisses, each lick a sign of affection for his beloved owner.

Caught on Camera

The whole meeting of owner and dog was captured on a smartphone. It just goes to show that a dog knows the people in his life, if not by sight then by scent at least. You can check out the video of this heartfelt reunion below.

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Puppy and owner are reunited for holidays at Oregon airport

This is what the holidays are all about! ❤️🎄Anthony and his pup were reunited yesterday for the first time in almost three months at the Redmond Municipal Airport in Oregon. Thanks to McKayla Crump‎ for sharing!

Posted by ABC15 Arizona on Monday, December 24, 2018

Source: ABC15 Arizona

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